Time for two neologisms:
I’ve been accused, and usually rightly so, being a #1.
For more use the DOOR.
When looking in the things “out there” or inside oneself, a yeg says:
#1 “Of course there has to be a God!” (YES, GOD! or …….. “YeG”)
#2 “Of course there’s no God!” (NO, GOD! or “NoG”)
Push it hard and it’s one or the other.
Of course, too, people are rarely so dramatic about this, and probably would prefer to say something like “There probably is” or “There probably isn’t.” Even more probably, they wouldn’t want to bring up the question at all².
Most people, however, lean one way or the other–and whether they’re scientists, Sunday School teachers, or streetwalkers, their attitudes about God affect what they think and do.
As a card-carrying yeg, I see purpose and pattern in so much of the world around me. I value the observation, consistency, and repeatability that makes theoretical and practical science possible. I see also where science has to stop, and seek–or allow and see the importance of other ways to learn.
It’s sad when the nogs who are scientists, teachers, politicians, or news gathers, often realizing this, ignore, cover up, or give credence to evidence that suggests that “anything goes has a down side,” or is “some choices have a serious health risk,” or that “there’s another, better, way to look at many things.”
All choices can be traced back to whether a person is a yeg or a nog. To say, “Wait a minute! A person has to choose for himself as to whether or not there’s a God! the response to that is, “Of course. he does,” but that’s not the question here. The question is, “How do we be honest and open to what we know or others have learned, if we ignore, wall off, or otherwise suppress that there are other ways to get to important information?”
Christians have commonly been accused of this. And it’s often true.
But as a former long-time professor in a secular university, let me say that the secular trend of nogs to cut off yegs sharing different information³, or a different way of looking at things is strong…and getting stronger every day.
¹ Please don’t add an extra “g” here…
² That’s one reason why God gives people children who recklessly think.
³ The bans on free speech that doesn’t say the right thing today are unbelievable. I should make clear that the convictions of yegs doesn’t mean blocking “conflicting” good data of nogs. Rather it is insisting, or should be, that yeg-friendly evidence and arguments should at least be recognized and available without penalizing people who consult and use it. A true yeg values the right–and responsibility–to make choices for or against God.